Guest Blogger – Natasha Dury
Last night I ventured across the street to City Walk to attend the Walt Disney Parks & Resorts event in Dubai to celebrate key announcements about Disneyland Paris, Disney Cruise Line and Walt Disney World. Some of the new exciting bits revealed are below:
Marvel Summer of Super Heroes
From 10 June to 30 September 2018, the Marvel Super Heroes will be assembling at Disneyland Paris for the very first time! Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Star-Lord, Gamora and Spider-Man will all be at Walt Disney Studios Park for a unique season of events, boasting shows and interactive experiences of truly epic proportions:
Marvel: Super Heroes United
Marvel: Super Heroes United is a truly immense show at the Studio Theatre in the heart of Walt Disney Studios Park. The programme for this superproduction includes live-action on-stage antics with Thor, Iron Man, Black Widow, Doctor Strange, Black Panther and Spider-Man – to name just a few. It also features cutting-edge special effects and spectacular projections along with a whole host of other big surprises. This 20-minute show will be performed several times a day at Walt Disney Studios Park.
Stark Expo presents: Energy for Tomorrow!
Tony Stark invites you to the open-air Production Courtyard to present the latest version of his revolutionary invention – an ‘Arc Reactor’ that generates green energy.
Several times a day at the foot of the Hollywood Tower Hotel, guests will have the opportunity to see this amazing show that’s as action-packed as it is offbeat.
Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Dance-Off
As the name suggests, guests will have the opportunity for a dance-off with the Guardians of the Galaxy on 70s and 80s tunes. Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Dance-Off will take place several times a day in the Production Courtyard and is set to be a truly wild experience!
Heroic Encounter: Captain America
The Marvel Summer of Super Heroes is also giving you the chance for a heroic handshake with the very first Avenger: Captain America.
This unique season is a spectacular conclusion to Disneyland Paris’s 25th Anniversary celebrations.
Disneyland Paris also revealed plans to bring the Marvel Super Heroes to life in an epic way at Walt Disney Studios Park with a completely new Marvel-themed attraction.
New Marvel-Themed Attraction
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith will be completely reimagined into a new Marvel-themed attraction where riders will team up with Iron Man and their favorite Avengers on a high-speed, hyper-kinetic adventure.
The addition of the new attraction provides a permanent presence of Marvel making this Park even more of a must-do for guests.
Pictured: A scene from Avatar Flight of Passage, a 3-D thrilling adventure on Pandora Ð The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Avatar Flight of Passage offers guests the chance to connect with an avatar and soar on a banshee over Pandora. The journey begins in the queue, as guests get a peek inside a high-tech research lab to view an avatar still in its growth state inside an amnio tank. The room features charts and screens that show just how humans will “connect” with a fully developed avatar for their upcoming flight on a banshee. (Disney Handout)
Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel
Additionally Disney’s Hotel New York® will soon be reimagined to become Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel, becoming the first Disney Hotel to showcase the thrilling world of the Avengers. With exclusive artwork and a new design, it will be a residence fit for Tony Stark himself.
Disney Cruise Line Disney Cruise Line announced the new itineraries for summer 2018, including magical sailings in Europe from Barcelona (Spain) and Rome (Italy) and sailings with two stops at Castaway Cay, Disney’s own private island in the Bahamas.
New sailings from Rome and Barcelona
For the first time, Disney Cruise Line guests can experience the rich culture of Barcelona and inspiring history of Rome as bookend experiences in a single cruise.
Castaway Cay: More opportunities to explore Disney’s exclusive private island
Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, is consistently a top-rated destination. In summer 2018, the Disney Dream will sail a series of cruises that include two stops at Castaway Cay so guests can have twice the fun in the sun and enjoy even more of the pristine island paradise.
Marvel Day at Sea
From January to early March, 2019, special five-night Disney Magic sailings will take guests to the Caribbean and Bahamas, along with an action-packed, day-long celebration of the Marvel Universe.
Marvel Day at Sea combines the thrills of renowned Marvel comics, films and animated series, with the excitement of a Disney Cruise to summon everyone’s inner Super Hero for adventures that lie ahead during this unforgettable day at sea.
Occurring on one action-packed day during each of the select Disney Magic sailings, Marvel Day at Sea transports guests to a new realm of possibilities when the largest collection of Marvel Super Heroes and Villains assembles on a cruise ship.
The event features all-day entertainment including interactions with some of the mightiest Marvel Super Heroes and the menacing foes who oppose them, an extraordinary deck show spectacular, Marvel-themed youth activities, special merchandise and unique food and beverage offerings.
Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World shared the opening date of Toy Story Land and revealed details of the new Star Wars themed hotel and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, a brand new land set to open in 2019 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Toy Story Land
The fun will soar to infinity and beyond on June 30, 2018 with the opening of Toy Story Land. This playful new land will transport guests into the adventurous outdoors of Andy’s backyard where guests will feel like they have been shrunk to the size of Woody and Buzz, as they are surrounded by oversized toys. Using toys like building blocks, plastic buckets and shovels, and game board pieces, Andy has designed the perfect setting for this land that includes two major new attractions.
Slinky Dog Dash is a family-friendly coaster that will send riders dipping, dodging and dashing around turns and drops through the world of Andy’s toys. Guests can also spin around with little green aliens aboard Alien Swirling Saucers and quick refreshments will be on tap at Woody’s Lunch Box.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
This highly anticipated new land is set to open in 2019 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – on a grand scale – including the creation of a full-sized fleet of X-wing star fighters and a life-size Millennium Falcon starship.
The totally immersive land will include two jaw-dropping attractions that allow guests to have control of their experiences. One attraction will put guests in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance—inside a Star Destroyer. In the second attraction, guests will have the chance to fly the Millennium Falcon – the most famous ship in the galaxy. Throughout the land, guests will also have the chance to interact with Chewie, the lovable BB8 and members of the First Order, plus wander through a toy shop in the street market run by a Toydarian, one of the creatures from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
Immersive Star Wars-Themed Hotel
Fans can live out their Star Wars adventures beyond the theme parks with an immersive experience at a groundbreaking new Star Wars–themed hotel concept. The epic new experience will take guests to a galaxy far, far away and will be seamlessly connected to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the new land set to open in 2019 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Unlike anything that exists today, the new luxury resort will completely immerse guests in an authentic Star Wars story. The journey through space begins the moment guests arrive, as everyone boards a starship and departs together for a multi-day Star Wars adventure. An opening date for the new hotel has not been announced.